In recent weeks, activists have been calling lawmakers to scrap a controversial bill that defines new crimes that critics say could be used to imprison indigenous citizens for defending their lands against incursions by private companies.
2018 was another deadly year for people defending their land and the environment against big business—nowhere more so than in the Philippines. But killing environment defenders is bad for business. Here's why.
Ilona Szabó and Adriana AbdenurRobert Muggah –
While almost every government in the world has recognized the need to move to a carbon-free economy, another front in the climate crisis has gone largely ignored. Without a concerted effort to crack down on the criminal activities that are threatening natural carbon sinks such as the Amazon basin, emissions reductions could be for naught.
Robert Dugger –
The climate lawsuit Juliana vs. United States could have far-reaching implications for policy especially at a time when President Donald Trump and his administration are actively pursuing policies that effectively loot the next generation.
Environmental controversies often involve influential business and economic interests, political battles, criminal activities, anti-government insurgents or corruption, which can be dangerous for journalists reporting on them.
The world needs an independent, internationally recognized legal body to which communities and activists can turn to address environmental crimes, says environmental activist and 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Phyllis Omido.
Jeremy Deaton, Nexus Media –
Logging scars landscapes, destroys habitats and is a major contributor to climate change. Here's how old Android smartphones--that might otherwise end up in a landfill-- are being used to stop illegal logging and curb climate change impacts.
Vaidehi Shah –
A Global Witness report has found that more than 200 people were killed for engaging in peaceful protest against corporate mining, logging, agribusiness and poaching activities last year. The trend is growing.
Shreya Dasgupta, Mongabay.com –
Hong Kong government’s three-step plan to ban ivory trade by 2021 received the go-ahead from the Chief Executive in Council, and the legislature amendments will be tabled before the Legislative Council in the first half of 2017.
Vaidehi Shah –
Brazil and the Philippines are the most dangerous countries for activists fighting mining, agribusiness and hydroelectric companies for their rights to land, forests, and rivers, a new report by Global Witness found.